Petty Cash Taqueria

Petty Cash Taqueria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://pettycashtaqueria.com/
  • Phone: (323) 933-5300
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday 12:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Pay with OpenTable,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Walter Manzke
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fuller
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Petty Cash Taqueria
Walter Manzke's Petty Cash is a semi-authentic taqueria with myriad talent drawn from East LA, Baja and beyond. Petty Cash's menu features re-conceptualized street food classics driven by the best local, seasonal ingredients, rooted in multi-generational tradition and technique.

Featuring urban elements such as hand-painted murals by local street artist RETNA, a back room with shuffleboard, and picnic style tables and bench seating which lend to a relaxed and playful communal dining experience. The street art meets street food vibe channels the spirit of Tijuana circa 1986 meets 2013. The equally spirited cocktail program by Executive Beverage Director Julian Cox features unique craft cocktails on draft, eclectic Mexican spirits and a beer cellar.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Petty Cash Taqueria reviews from OpenTable diners
140 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (91)hot spot (87)good for groups (79)vibrant bar scene (64)neighborhood gem (59)late-night find (14)special occasion (9)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (4)romantic (3)Show More
  • Really should just be a bar
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    not bad, just nothing special. People are seated unnecessarily close together, would make a better bar than restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • ¡Delicioso!
    maikai75
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed the dinner (for 11) that I organized at Petty Cash. Jeff, the manager, and our server Sam were attentive and hilarious, and the food and drinks were stellar. If I ever move to LA, I will become a regular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    PapayaVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Food was not satisfying n not great quality. Drinks are good. Hamachi ceviche was not good. Tried all the tacos and three more apps. None were impressive.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 9.30pm gem
    930checkin
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Perfect for after 7.00pm movies at the Grove. Always great. Closes at 11pm so no chance of over-indulging.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!!
    BetterbeforeVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We LOVE this place.... I do not typically like Mexican food (my husband LOVES it), and this is the only place I will eat it and I love it as well!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It ain't cheap but it's real good
    JayFagnanoVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I fully expected to pay more than a street taco but every taco we tried was really good. Really good. Especially recommend the pork belly, the al pastor and the octopus tacos - only one that was a little disappointing was the carne asada. And we didn't try the shrimp and cricket taco. The guacamole absolutely rocked - couldn't get enough of it. Really fun atmosphere and the service was very good, very friendly. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Wow! this place is a must visit. All food is prepared with local ingredients. The staff was very friendly. It's been awhile since I have eaten really good Mexican food and this place does not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way too noisy
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was amazing, but the noise level was out of control. Impossible to have a conversation between more than 2 people. We were a party of six and it ended up being 3 parties of 2. The food was terrific but the noise level pretty much made the evening completely unenjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The tacos are VERY good!
    Luvfoodrg
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This place is great for sharing with friends. The Dorados (potato filled taquitos) come in 3 pieces and are delicious and crisp. We also had the Cook's Ranch Pork Belly Carnitas and the Al Pastor tacos but you need to order several as they're small and only come one to a plate. The Gringa Style quesadilla with avocado crema now that was awesome! Definitely need to share this delicacy. For those tequila enthusiast, you definitely need to try the Three Amigos Old Fashioned it has a very sweet and smokey taste.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CAULIFLOWER NACHOS
    HungryHungryHippo
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Petty Cash is a go to. They use fresh ingredients, the food is flavorful and the drinks are also delicious. It's always crowded and it's a fun night out with groups or a casual date spot. Can't go wrong with the cauliflower nachos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Mexican around
    JoeRVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our first visit to Petty Cash, but it won't be our last. In a nutshell -- some of the most amazing food we've had -- and certainly the best Mexican. The Cauliflower Nachos were just plain fantastic -- it's a most unusual combination, but it truly works. We also had a Duck Quesadilla (nightly special) that was delicious, as well as Octopus Taco and Baja Fish Taco -- both were wonderful. We were concerned the room would be too loud (from previous reviews), but it was fine -- just a great buzz. Service was both friendly and professional. This won't be our only Mexican spot -- but it's probably #1 from now on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ouch
    Woody90069VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Good food, but drinks were over priced for the size. Ok, my friend and I like to drink, but his specialty cocktail was $14 and was tiny. Times 4. Adds up. Drinks and snacks for two with tip was $180.00. Ouch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loved the tacos and churros
    tinyeater
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    a bit overpriced but worth it! loved the octopus tacos and the churros. Energetic environment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood find
    jerseygirl
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Delicious, creative and fresh food. I recommend the whole menu. Shrimp tostada, any taco, all delicious. The small plates at reasonable cost make it easy to try a lot of things. Much too noisy but the hip vibe makes that more tolerable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Petty Cash
    HungryHungryHippo
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The nachos were amazing!! Our food took a little while to come out, considering it wasn't that crowded. However, we were in no hurry and it was so good when that we didn't even care. The nachos and quesedilla were amazing. The service was great and the atmosphere was fun. Two thumbs up, highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great staff
    DontCook
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I've only been here twice, but had a great time on each visit. Ate at the bar last night and was treated very well. Will return regularly and will definitely recommend this place to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Place
    Randy
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Absolutely LOVE Petty Cash...best thing besides the food and the drinks...Melissa the GM, she was friendly and checked on all of the tables to see how everything was going...someone who cares about their restaurant, customers and the service they provide, ranks high on my list! Great Job Petty Cash!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love!
    TKLA
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    If you haven't tried this place you should! This is my 3rd time going back and the guests I brought with me absolutely loved it. The food is delicious and the cocktails are amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful...
    DrZini
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Very interesting and inventive takes = delicious food. Many wonderful choices of mezcals and tequilas (Ask for Hillary for any assistance).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Such a great vibe and one of the best, freshest Mexican restaurants I've been to. New favorite restaurant in LA! Small plates, but very affordable and satisfying... not your typical disappointment by small plate places. This place is awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Petty Cash
    Grubbed
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Overall I'd say its ok. The food is average nothing special. I do appreciate the versitality on the menu. Crickets in your taco? Urchant in your ceviche? Kale and cauliflower nachos? Came with a group of 4 and for $97 we each for 2 tacos, a beer or house margarita, and shared nachos. There's was a great energy in the air. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Our server ( Julie, if I remember correctly) was friendly and attentice. However Im not sure if I'd return here...
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Tacos
    Tubby350VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    They have great ambiance, good tacos. They have a variety of tacos as cricket, octopus, pork belly and fish. Their customer service is amazing from the time you walk in to the time you leave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unusual Touch
    NonicorVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    On Mexican. ALL dishes were over the top fabulous. Friendly service Grest!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun, FUN!!!
    justfara
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Must try the guacamole!! The food is locally sourced, and is sensational. Great, unique and awesome!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Ving
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The best fish taco I have ever had! If you like Mexican food, you need to eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find
    Essie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This is by far one of the very best Taqueria's around, any area… well worth the drive from our home that is in Century City area.. Food is to "die for "… everything on the menu is yummy and nice presentation… bar, makes a good drink, as well.. They truly honor your reservation and our table for 8 was waiting for us… so refreshing … This was our second trip to Petty Cash and definitely not our last…: ) Nice manager , so welcoming and nice server as well… they make you feel so welcomed and will do everything to make you happy..
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, Fun Enviornment
    rag2105VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food is very good. The tacos are a little small for the price, but other dishes can make up for it and will really fill you up. I recommend getting a quesadilla along with an order of the potato tacos. Drinks are also very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • megustacomer
    Megustacomer
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I expected much more given the self-aggrandizement and accolades from Bobby Flay. Fish and grilled octopus tacos were tasteless. Guacamole average.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I've been to this spot twice in the last few weeks. Both times the food, service, atmosphere and general impressions have all been really positive. The management is so kind and attentive, the service at the bar is lovely and the food is SO SO good. Their fish taco is worth the drive from the west side. The guac and the Brixton are enough to keep me coming back. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food, service, design
    poppascott
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Love this place for food with fabulous service and excellent design. Terrible for conversation unless you like yelling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, good drinks, over priced
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The place is really good and a fun atmosphere. The bathroom is only one stall so the line for the women's can get very long. The drinks are very good and there is a large selection the food is hit or miss some items were very good some items were just average. But the price for the portion and how good it is doesn't work.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best fish taco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    had a great dinner and drink! best fish taco ive ever had. the table next to us was extremely loud so they quickly moved us to another area of the restaurant. great people and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Briggytalls
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    AMAZING! Food was great. We had the cauliflower nachos which were so good! All the food has such nice flavors we didn't even try the salsas on them. A little pricey but the food quality was worth the price. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy....
    markdmarcVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Really good tacos and more....Great vibe...excellent service. Just love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • can't say enough good things...
    sethesantoroVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Petty Cash was awesome. The food there is upscale Veggie-Non-veggie Mexican and it's amazing!! The Ceviche Hamachi is one of the best ceviches I have ever had in my life. The service was great. Knew how to read the table. Will go back there again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • madasi
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    First time visit, didn't know what to expect. At first thought it was going to be too loud but sitting at one of the high tops it worked out O.K. The food was very interesting, lots of smaller dishes, not typical Mexican which for the most part turned out to be very good. Good tequila and beer selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    Rhorse
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Loved the grilled octopus taco! Great dining room. A bit on the noisy side, but you roll with it. This place is fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    love petty cash, but the acoustics really are terrible. so so loud!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 102 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 123 reviews are from the Petty Cash Taqueria reviews archive.
  • Imhungry
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Yummy all around- great room, delicious food and cocktails with extensive tequila/mezcal list and flights. Attentive, knowledgable servers. Great for a date or a crowd
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth trying
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Not a bad spot at all. Some of the food was incredibly tasty and there was really nothing that was bad in the slightest. The drinks are overpriced and nothing special though. The wrong place to go on a date though. Way too loud and just the wrong vibe. I would definitely be open to going back with some friends though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic